February 28, 2008
EOIR Issues Manual for Presenting Cases
Before Immigration Courts Nationwide
The “Immigration Court Practice Manual” Is Effective on April 1, 2008
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced today that it has issued the “Immigration Court Practice Manual.” The Practice Manual provides uniform procedures, recommendations, and requirements for persons who present cases before the immigration courts. Beginning on April 1, 2008, the Practice Manual will go into effect nationwide, and local operating procedures for immigration courts will no longer be used.
The Immigration Court Practice Manual is currently available on EOIR’s website. EOIR will continue to update the manual online, as needed, to reflect legal and policy changes, as well as responses to comments from users.
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EOIR, an agency within the Department of Justice, is responsible for adjudicating immigration cases. Specifically, under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR interprets and administers federal immigration laws by conducting immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings. EOIR consists of three components: the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is responsible for managing the numerous immigration courts located throughout the United States where immigration judges adjudicate individual cases; the Board of Immigration Appeals, which primarily conducts appellate reviews of immigration judge decisions; and the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, which adjudicates immigration-related employment cases. EOIR is committed to providing the fair, expeditious, and uniform interpretation and application of immigration law in all cases.
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